Having a busted sewer pipe or backed up drain can spell trouble to your basement. Raw sewage if left unattended can damage your basement. It can also lead to multiple health problems. Keep in mind that its smell will drive you out of your home. This means that if you have tenants in your estate you risk losing them.
Well, cleaning a basement that is flooded with raw sewage should be handled by a professional. However, if you insist on cleaning the basement all by yourself, you should take care and employ safety precautions to prevent harm to your home as well as yourself. In this article we will focus on steps to follow in cleaning raw sewage from your basement.
1) Put on a long-sleeve shirt, pants, work boots and rubber gloves and if possible, wear a pair of rubber waders. Remember raw sewage can be contaminated with bacteria.
2) The next step should be turning off any gas or water lines that are present in the basement.
3) Open all windows and doors to help in ventilating in the basement and to let better air circulation.
4) Remove all damaged items from the basement. Seek assistance in case you have large furniture in your basement.
5) Plug a wet/dry vacuum into a grounded outlet. Ensure that its source of power is not in contact with water. Then, with the vacuum cleaner get rid of the raw sewage. Make sure you dump the contents of the vacuum’s canister often into a sewage system.
6) Then rinse the basement walls and floors using clean water. Use a water hose to ease the job. Direct the water towards the basement drain system.
7) Fill a bucket with one gallon of water and mix it with one cup of bleach. Use a stiff-bristled brush broom to clean your basement using this mixture. Start with scrubbing the walls of the basement and then move down toward the floor.
8) After you have thoroughly scrubbed your basement then rinse the walls and floors with a water hose. Ensure you direct the water toward the basement drain.
9) Discard the contents of the bucket and rinse it clean together with the brush broom.
10) Once again fill the bucket with one gallon of water and mix it with one cup of bleach. Dip a brush broom into the mixture and scrub the basement walls and floors again. Then rinse the floor and walls with a water hose.
11) Then rinse all washable items with the water hose while still outside. Launder the items as you normally would do. But this time you should mix one cup of white vinegar with your laundry detergent. Dispose of all non-washable items which came into contact with the raw sewage.
12) Lastly, remove the clothing you are wearing. Immediately wash the shirt, pants, socks, and underwear as you normally would. Then rinse your boots thoroughly with clean water. Throw away the rubber gloves and shower thoroughly with soap and warm water.
13) Turn on fans in the basement and allow the area to dry out completely. Remove any humidity from your basement using a dehumidifier to prevent mold growth.